Beer calendar: Aug. 16 through Aug. 31

From August 16-August 31, the beer calendar overflows with a variety of beer activities across the mid-Atlantic region. Photo: B.Kolesar/The Brew Lounge

WASHINGTON, August 12, 2011 — Beer is a social beverage. Drinking a beer can be quite pleasurable, but enjoying it in a convivial atmosphere with like-minded friends and strangers alike can create fun times and great memories.

To that end, on the 12th and 27th of every month, After Hours publishes a semi-monthly calendar of notable beer events covering the Mid-Atlantic region from New Jersey through Virginia.

Do you know of a special beer event that should be listed here? Be sure to drop a note to the columnist, Bryan Kolesar, and provide all of the important details.

DC Beer Week

Washington, DC: From August 14 through August 20, over 60 establishments with nearly 150 events scheduled for DC Beer Week. Event admission prices range from free to PAYG (pay as you go) to $79 per person.

Beer and Food events

Frederick, Md.: 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17, Flying Dog Beer Dinner at Monocacy Crossing, 301-846-4204, $55

National Harbor, Md.: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. & 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, Chesapeake Crab & Beer Festival at Waterfront at National Harbor, $35-$100

Philadelphia, Pa.: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, Brett Beer Brunch at Resurrection Ale House, 215-735-2202, PAYG

Washington, DC: 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday, Aug. 22, New Belgium Brewery DC Launch Beer Dinner & Draft Night at Birch & Barley, 202-567-2576, $75

Philadelphia, Pa.: 5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 23, Can of Wheat Dinner at Percy Street Barbecue, 215-625-8510, $50

Chevy Chase, Md.: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 24, Brooklyn Brewery Beer Dinner at Clyde’s, 301-951-9600, $40

Lahaska, Pa.: 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25, Victory Beer Dinner at Earl’s at Peddler’s Village, 215-794-4020, $55

Special Tappings and Festivals

Baltimore, Md.: all day Friday, Aug. 19 through Sunday, Aug. 21, 1st Annual Hop Fest at Max’s, 888-675-6297, PAYG

Philadelphia, Pa.: 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 22, 4th Anniversary Celebration at Dock Street Brewery, 215-726-2337, PAYG

Adamstown, Pa.: 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. & 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, Micro Fest at Stoudt’s Brewery, 717-484-4386, $35

Maple Shade, NJ: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, Iron Fish Release Party at Iron Hill Brewery, 856-273-0300, PAYG

Hulmeville, Pa.: 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 30, Yards Tap Takeover at The Hulmeville Inn, 215-750-6893, PAYG

Columbia, Md.: 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 31, Festivus Humulus Lupulus at Frisco Tap House, 410-312-4907, PAYG

–Read more of Bryan’s work at After Hours in the Communities at the Washington Times.

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Bryan Kolesar

Bryan Kolesar has been tracking down great beer for over twenty years. From the most hard-to-find delicately balanced low alcohol beer to the big monsters weighing in at over 10% ABV, he has yet to find a style that does not have a story to tell and a taste to share. Though, when pushed, Kolesar has historically staked a claim to the Saison style as one of the most versatile and his favorite.

In 2005, Bryan co-founded The Brew Lounge blog/website as a canvas to illustrate the best of the craft brewing industry and to document his own travels within it. Though he has lived in Philadelphia and is currently headquartered in the city's western suburbs, Kolesar shares a wealth of information and images that he collects from his travels around the world and some of the best beers that he has tasted along the way.

In 2010, Kolesar came aboard the Communities section of The Washington Times to contribute stories from across the craft brewing industry as it continues more than ever its explosive growth amongst increasingly more of the mainstream alcohol-consuming public. 

While the beer - its tastes, aromas, and incredible pairing opportunities with food - is often the beginning of a story, he often finds it more interesting to dive into the stories behind the people, places, and events associated with the final product. 

Locally around Philadelphia, he has been named a Beer Writer of the Year finalist multiple times, hosted beer/running events during each annual Philly Beer Week, served as a Philly Beer Geek judge, paneled local beers for submission into the Great American Beer Festival competition, judged beer and food competitions, been featured in local publications chronicling the beer scene, and been named the "Best Beer Guy" of 2008. 

In addition to his beer-y pursuits, Kolesar works a professional career in the business world by day and dabbles in distance running, cooking, homebrewing, gardening, photography, and is a staunch advocate for animal rescue/adoption. He lives with his wife, Patty, of fifteen years and has been a long time, mostly suffering, supporter of local Philadelphia sports.

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